A couple of weeks ago, my Kinder students were working on their #Awards. One boy looked over at another one, who was carefully drawing details on his paper.
“Are you an artist?” the first student asked with admiration in his voice.
“I used to be one,” the five-year-old responded, matter-of-factly.
“Really?” asked his awestruck fan.
“Yes. When I was 2 all I did was scribble-scrabble, but then when I was about 3 1/2, I became an artist.”
“Wow!” Fanboy said. “Why aren’t you one anymore?”
“Well, I ran out of paper,” Once-an-Artist said. He paused. “And ideas,” he added.
Then he looked me straight in the eyes.
“But I’m working on getting more,” he solemnly vowed.
I was reminded of this conversation when one of my tweeps, @TEKnical_Lit, shared the link to this powerful video. Like my Once-an-Artist student, it makes me sad – but hopeful.